Crews find bodies of 2 teens missing in Oconee County creek

OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities have announced that crews have found the bodies of two teens reported missing in an Oconee County creek, bringing a 5-day search to an end.

Bryant Wade and Cameron Smith, both 18 years old, disappeared Friday in Barber Creek in Oconee County. Authorities said Wade fell into the water and Smith jumped in after to try and rescue him. They said the two boys didn't know each other.

Crews found the bodies Tuesday morning about 50 yards from each other in McNutt Creek. The remains of both bodies were recovered by 5 p.m.


The bodies will have to undergo an autopsy at the Georgia State Crime Lab because the teens were on a private property.

Multiple local agencies, including Georgia State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources and deputies in Madison County, assisted in the search, sheriff's officials said.

Wade's family has set up a memorial fund to help his parents. Donations can be made at any First American Bank location.